In the first semester the programme will provide the necessary basic training in meteorology, climatology and numerical analysis, that forms the basis for the atmospheric sciences. In the second semester, the postgraduate will build further on this basis to introduce the students to atmospheric modelling, data assimilation, predictability, remote sensing and chemical air pollution models.
The weekly course sessions are concentrated in two afternoons, typically Monday and Tuesday. Data assimilation and atmospheric modeling are two exceptions and are taught intensively during one or two weeks in the second semester. The schedule is made after deliberation with the students.
The ultimate goal is to prepare young scientists for research in international projects such as THORPEX (www.wmo.int/thorpex). This 10-year international global atmospheric research and development programme was established by the WMO (in 2003) and is aimed at reducing and mitigating the impact of disasters by transforming forecasts into information for decision making.
- extending the range and accuracy of weather forecasts;
- development of warnings for decision-making;
- assessing the impact of weather forecasts in the strategies to minimize the impact of disasters.
The Postgraduate Studies in Weather and Climate Modeling offers the essential courses needed to start research in meteorology and numerical weather prediction.